A single photograph can convey a thousand thoughts, feelings and emotions better than any descriptive caption. Since photography was invented, the human race has evolved in more ways than one, and we have probably seen the most rapid change during the 20th century. Photographers have made sure to document the biggest moments in the history of the last century.
From the first woman in a bathing suit to Marilyn Monroe before she rose to the pinnacle of fame, we reveal some of the most controversial, euphoric, intriguing and shocking photos to be taken in the 20th century.
Hello Norma Jean, 1944
The former-brunette Norma Jean Mortenson had a difficult childhood, which saw her move from foster home to foster home in her formative younger years. By age 16 she was married and hidden from the world, working in a U.S. military factory. Little did she know that fame was waiting for her just around the corner, and in 1944, her life changed forever.
At just 18 years old, young Norma Jean was introduced to a photographer from the U.S. Army Air Force’s First Motion Picture Unit at work. This meeting led to a successful pin-up modeling career and some film contracts, and eventually, she signed with Fox in 1951. She became one of Hollywood’s most famous stars and an American sex symbol. Her sex appeal was unrivaled, even against the exotic European beauties of the time.